Scott Morrison, desperate to smother what is on most criteria a damaging story coming almost on the eve of the election being called, insists there is nothing to see in Dutton's conduct.
The bill makes it easier for states and territories to seek help from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to terrorist and other violent occurrences.
An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
Attorney-General Christian Porter on a crowded agenda.
Christian Porter says the response to the consultations for a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse has been very strong with a total of 167 attendees at consultation sessions so far.
The Australia-China relationship involves walls and whispers, as well as all the rhetoric about trust and respect.
It is likely that the parliamentary intelligence and security committee will want more clarification on how things would operate in the grey area.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.
The government wants to rush through its espionage and foreign interference bills, but more time is needed to make sure these make the country safer without jeopardising freedom.
The changes are designed to meet criticisms from charities, universities and others, and to get a quick agreement with Labor on the legislation.
Where possible, Opposition leader Bill Shorten tries to stick like glue to the government on national security issues, for reasons of politics as well as substance.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Clive Hamilton and Richard Rigby on Chinese influence in Australia.
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The Australia-China relationship is again in the headlines, with reports of strains between the two countries, resulting in federal ministers who want to visit finding it hard to get visas.
Politics podcast: John Blaxland on Australia’s expulsion of Russian spies.
The expulsion of two Russian spies from Australia will have a significant effect on Russia's espionage here.
The government has a lot of work to do on it's proposed foreign influence and official secrets laws to ensure they don't prosecute whistleblowers.
Politics Podcast: Mark Dreyfus on refining foreign interference legislation.
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Mark Dreyfus says Labor acknowledges the need to do more about espionage activity and foreign influence in Australia but argues changes need to be made to the 'hastily' and broadly drafted bill.
It's increasingly difficult for investigative journalists to hold governments to account – partly due to anti-terror and security laws making it harder for whistleblowers to act.
The stakes in Saturday's Bennelong byelection could hardly be higher.
Sam Dastyari has given in to pressure from within his party and resigned from parliament, saying he had always acted with integrity.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian poltiics.
It will be months before Labor will know what damage the citizenship crisis might do to it.
Politics Podcast: John Blaxland on new foreign interference laws.
John Blaxland has some real concerns about the unintended consequences of the proposed foreign interference legislation on academic debate.